Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Warns Military Officers Against Plying BRT Lane

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Warns Military Officers Against Plying BRT Lane

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday urged security personnel to comply with the State Traffic Law and desist from plying Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor along the Ikorodu Road axis.

General Manager of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Mr. Bashir Braimah spoke on the backdrop of a joint enforcement against BRT violation with the military police and the Nigerian police carried out on Monday.

He lamented the rate at which military personnel flout BRT law with impunity, noting that the 15 vehicles found plying the BRT corridors during the exercise were either driven by the military or with military paraphernalia hanging in the vehicles.

Amongst the vehicles found plying the BRT corridor was a silver Toyota Matrix 103 AT fully loaded with top military personnel.

Also accosted include was a bus belonging to the Nigeria Army college of Nursing with registration number NA 830 BOA, a army green Peugeot with registration number NA 284 B0/1, silver Nissan KTU 820 AY, Silver colour Toyota Camry KJA 233 TB, green Hilux truck DHQ 232, Navy colour Volkswagen bust with registration number MUS 693 CY driven by a fully kitted Naval officer. Others are APP 115 BY and KTU 239 AH, amongst others.

He wondered why military personnel who should be the custodian of the Traffic Law were instead working against it.

He added that law is no respecter of nobody and the road traffic law must be obeyed in other ensure the safety of lives and property.

He said some personnel of the Nigerian military threw caution and decency into the wind when they descended heavily on a LASTMA official Peter Owolabi, for daring to take the photographs of their black Honda Accord car with number registration CP 839 YAB which violated the BRT corridor at Obanikoro bus stop at Ikorodu road.

The unruly attitude of the personnel attracted the attention of members of the public, who jeered and admonished them to respect civil authority.

 

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“The officers were stopped during a routine exercise to prohibit the illegal use of BRT bus corridor by other motorists. The violators were presented with fine ticket in accordance with the new approach of the agency of booking offenders on the spot and allow continuing with journey without their vehicle being impounded”.

“However, unlike their civilian counterparts, the Military officers refused to collect the tickets and rather opted to obstruct movement of other vehicles from exiting the corridor and in the process caused pandemonium and created ugly scenes unbefitting of a modern army”, Braimah said.

The LASTMA boss said the personnel physically attacked passersby who dared to record the incident and in the process, manhandled the LASTMA cameraman and damaged his camera.

“It’s worthy to note that LASTMA officials are only empowered by the law to ensure orderliness, sanity and safety to Lagos roads”.

“The attack was a clear case of what LASTMA personnel usually go through in the hands of some uniform personnel at a time that the state government is making effort to restore orderliness on state roads. It has become a habit for some of the military personnel driving commercial buses in uniform to flout the state traffic law and collaborate or encourage commercial drivers to violate traffic law on Lagos roads”, Braimah said.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Tasks LG Bosses On Rehabilitation of Inner Roads, Government to Deliver At Least Two Roads Per Council

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Tasks LG Bosses On Rehabilitation of Inner Roads, Government to Deliver At Least Two Roads Per Council

…Says Govt To Deliver Two Roads In Each Council

…Urges Executive Secretaries To Get Involved In Their Communities

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday unveiled plans to commence the reconstruction of two roads in each of the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas in the State, just as he charged the Executive Secretaries to judiciously ensure that the projects meet international standard.

The Governor spoke at the Lagos House, Ikeja during the monthly meeting with the Executive Secretaries of the 57 Councils to review the progress report in their various communities as well as their challenges.

He said the decision to embark on the road rehabilitation was in line with the reforms at the local government level, noting that the first phase will commence with the reconstruction of 114 roads, two per local government, at the cost of N19billion.

The Governor, who said the execution of the project will be left in the care of the local governments, however tasked the Executive Secretaries to ensure that only the best contractors are engaged to ensure that the prescribed standard is met on all the roads.

“We expect you to create jobs in your communities and get our people employed on these projects”, he said.

Governor Ambode said that the ongoing reforms in the councils are geared towards making them more effective and deliver better service to their communities, saying that the new structure which has become operational will go a long way to reduce cost of governance.

“With this new structure, a lot is expected from you, the Executive Secretaries. You are the face of the government in your communities. Your people must know you and you must know the people”.

“You must have a good knowledge of their challenges and be able to, jointly with them, proffer solutions that the government can implement. You should live with your people. There is no reason why an Executive Secretary of a Local Government should live outside his community”, he said.

He reminded the Executive Secretaries that the performance of the administration will be judged by their performance, urging them to improve on sanitation, primary healthcare delivery, primary education, local government roads and community security in their Councils.

He also charged them to utilise the various channels of communication to improve the level of participation between the Community Development Committees (CDCs) Community Development Associations (CDAs), Local Councils, Local Governments and the State Government.

“This chain of communication must be fluid and information should flow either way. You have created websites; we have erected boundary demarcation sign posts and created phone lines for easier access to the Local Governments and Councils. We expect all these to ensure better communication with your communities and for the people to know which Local Governments they reside in”, he said.

The Governor also reiterated his promise to run an inclusive government and return governance to the communities, saying it was the surest way to give the people a stake in governance.

“This is a government of continuity with improvement. As such our people must feel that improvement. They must experience that improvement. They can only feel it if you are dedicated to serve them. As we work on ways to improve the lives of our people, I charge you all to get involved in your communities. You must live with your community and you should be accessible to them”.

“Community Governance should be our priority as we have promised. We can only consider our administration a success if we can touch the lives of all our citizens positively in any community they reside. That is the challenge facing you and I”, he said.

Gov. Ambode Attends Our Cities Our Climate Parley At State Department, Washington D.C., USA

Gov. Ambode Attends Our Cities Our Climate Parley At State Department, Washington D.C., USA

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd right, front row) in a group photograph with the U.S Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry (middle, back row), former Mayor of New York City,Mr. Michael Bloomberg (4th left, front row) and others, during the Our Cities Our Climate parley, at the State Department, Washington D.C., USA, on Thursday, October 8, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle) flanked by former Mayor of New York City, Mr. Michael Bloomberg (left) and NBC Host of “Meet the Press” Mr. Chuck Todd (right), during the Our Cities Our Climate parley, at the State Department, Washington D.C., USA, on Thursday, October 8, 2015

Military Begins Onslaught Against Criminal Activities In Ikorodu

Military Begins Onslaught Against Criminal Activities In Ikorodu

Lagos State Government on Saturday explained the heavy presence of security operatives in Ikorodu and its environs, saying the onslaught is part of efforts to liberate residents from hoodlums, pipeline vandals and other undesirable elements that have continued to make the ancient town the base of their nefarious activities.

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Briefing journalists after an emergency Security Council meeting, State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, said government is committed to ensure that the hoodlums terrorising Ikorodu, disturbing the peace in the town and making life unbearable for residents, do not have a field day any longer.

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He said that security surveillance will be carried out 24 hours throughout the week, adding that the activities of the hoodlums and the criminal elements in the area had become unacceptable and uncontrollable, hence government cannot fold its arms, but take necessary actions by deploying security operatives to the area.

“Government will not allow criminal elements in the state and we want to say that the immunity for the vandals is over, the arbitrarily and uncontrollable rape, vandalism and harassment is over”, he said.

Owoseni appealed to residents not to panic as they may witness or hear sporadic gun shots, urging them to go on with their normal activities.

He however cautioned them to restrict their movements to areas where the operations are not intensive.

Okada, Tricycle Operations Banned

Assuring residents that innocent citizens will not be harassed or molested during the operations, the Police boss said it has become necessary to restrict the operations of tricycles and motorcycles throughout the period of the onslaught so as to prevent the fleeing hoodlums from using them as get-away transport.

He said the restrictions on both okada and tricycle operations in the area will be total, thereby urging residents to consider the inconveniences witnessed as a result of the restrictions as a necessary sacrifice.

“Residents are advised to restrict their movement and be informed also that we are going to restrict the use of both motorcycle (okada) and tricycles (Keke Marwa) in the area to ensure optimal and maximum performance for the operation”.

“As government, we are concerned about the security situation in the state especially the activities of hoodlums and vandals in the area. We are assuring residents that the end of such activities is near and it won’t be business as usual in the area, they should not panic as we have directed security operatives in the area not to harm innocent civilians but make security of lives of the people their utmost concern” he said.

Among those present at the briefing include the Director, State Security Service, Mr. Kunle Ajanaku, Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, the Chief of Staff, Mr Samuel Olukunle Ojo, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, Mr. Johnson Kokumo, among others.

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Ambode Moves To Light Up Lagos as 67 Communities in Ibeju Lekki Get Connected To The National Grid

Ambode Moves To Light Up Lagos as 67 Communities in Ibeju Lekki Get Connected To The National Grid

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has initiated moves to fulfill one of his campaign promises to illuminate all nooks and crannies of communities and adjourning boundaries in the state before the end of the year.

This was made known on Thursday at a joint press briefing by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Public Works Corporation and Lagos State Electricity Board, as a follow up to the promise of Governor Ambode, during the maiden Town Hall Meeting held at Ayobo Ipaja, last Tuesday.

Addressing newsmen, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Taofeek Fashola, said efforts are in top gear to illuminate major roads in the state, including all adjourning boundaries in Ogun State, including Federal and State roads.

He said that the work would be delivered in phases, starting with Ikorodu to the Lagos Island, Ojodu Berger to Lagos Island and in addition, about 67 communities in Ibeju Lekki, which have been in darkness for about five years, will be connected to the national grid.

“Berger to Lagos, Ikorodu to Lagos Street light installing is ongoing. We have developed agreement to ensure safe and reliable power. We would be illuminating from Berger to Lagos. Ikorodu to Lagos. We are working with those contractors that are versed on the job and everything would be done latest by December”, Williams said.

Adding his voice, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Energy, Mr.  Deji Williams, said government is set to connect street lights from Ikorodu to Lagos Island to an Independent Power Plant (IPP), adding that the government is currently carrying out feasibility study of how to structure and determine the best points of contact to connect the street lights on the entire axis.

Williams also revealed that the government is considering involving the private sector in the maintenance aspect through outsourcing of the street lights, specifying that the present administration in Lagos has prioritized illuminating all roads in the state.

He said that in line with the Governor‘s directive, most part of the metropolis should be lit-up by December, thus involving contractors well versed in the job.

“All these we are doing by engaging well versed contractors that are grounded on the job to ensure everything is ready by December”, Williams said.

Also speaking, the Head of Power in the Ministry, Engineer Ibilola Kasumu, said that the third phase of the project is the electrification of the Ibeju Lekki axis, adding that 67 communities have been in darkness in the area for the past five years.

She said efforts are in top gear to extend power from the grid to the areas, beginning from Ibeju Lekki area, Magbon Alade, Ode-Omi and its adjourning areas, assuring that before the end of the year all the projects would be completed.